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1883 HAWAII S$1 MS obverse 1883 HAWAII S$1 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Prior to Chief Engraver Charles E. Barber's creation of dies and hubs for Hawaiian silver coinage dated 1883 (and the subsequent production of the dime, eighth dollar, quarter, and silver dollar) the Kingdom of Hawaii had little knowledge of legitimate circulating coinage. True, King Kamehameha III introduced a currency system to the islands in 1846, but the lone shipment of hapa hanele -- one cent coisn -- was met with such disdain by the locals for its lackluster appearance that "that many...threw them into the ocean rather than accept them as payment" (Breen, 1988).

The most comprehensive attempt to supply the nation with stable money came during the reign of Kalakaua, which saw the introduction of silver dimes, quarters, halves, and dollars bearing his portrait. The Hawaiian silver coinage, consisting of denominations identical to United States coinage, was composed of identical weight and size standards, thus there was no need to make additional planchets.

500,000 of these Hawaiian dollars were produced in 1883. After the overthrow of Liliuokalani and the subsequent annexation of Hawaii by the United States, the Hawaiian coins were largely withdrawn from circulation and melted; the silver dollar, owing to its silver value, was most affected by this policy: 453,622 were melted. This left the dollar with a net distribution of just 46,348 business strikes along with a small number of proofs.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 388
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 68


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3/29/2000 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1289, 1289/Lot# 2051 $1,134.00
3/19/2007 NGC XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 131, 136/Lot# 2455 $621.00
10/2/2007 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2007 September Long Beach, CA US Coin Final Session #447, 447/Lot# 10871 $632.50
9/6/2009 NGC AU 55   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 1470 $1,150.00
10/17/2012 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 3229 $7,637.50
4/27/2014 NGC Details XF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/27/2014, 173/Lot# 188289 $286.00
5/12/2014 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3481, 6030/Lot# 20958 $616.88
6/1/2014 NGC XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/01/2014, 198/Lot# 193935 $440.00
7/11/2014 PCGS AU 50   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 7274 $734.38


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1883 HAWAII S$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3367477494913332068258528412997321233453817429049355656642933333
3226707832107715782240267028933068325635023974450551755913642933330
0000002240267028933068325635023974450551755913642933300
0000002412275529453140330036594132472054156171642933300
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 6429
Owner: Chesaboy
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 4935
Owner: FEETY
 
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